Feb 6, 2010

Danica Patrick Will Start 12th in ARCA Race!

James Buescher captured the pole for Saturday's ARCA Racing Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway while Danica Patrick will start 12th in her stock car debut.

With all eyes on where Patrick would start, Buescher went out and backed up his fast practice lap from yesterday to top the 47-car qualifying field on a windy day in Daytona.

"I knew the car was going to be fast because we were fast yesterday," Buescher said. "I wasn't sure how the wind changing around was going to affect everyone else. You could definitely feel the wind blowing. We don't want to mess the car up so we're not going to participate in happy hour."

Buescher, who won the ARCA race at Daytona in 2009, will be running a full-time season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with James Finch, who is fielding the ARCA car this weekend.

Mikey Kile qualified second with Joey Coulter in third.

“The wind was a pretty big factor today,” Coulter said. “It was really going to be a toss up between us three.”

Dakota Armstrong and Bryan Silas rounded out the top five.

Patrick posted a lap of 179.788 mph behind the wheel of the No. 7 Chevrolet in her first stock car qualifying session.

“We had about the same qualifying speed as we did in practice and we didn’t drop off at all, which can happen sometimes when you’re the only one out there,” Patrick said. “We were happy about that. We beat some people that were ahead of us in practice. As Tony (Eury) Jr. pointed out, ‘You’re going to be able to see the pace car from there.

"I think we are in a good spot."

A record six females qualified for Saturday's race (Patrick, Alli Owens, Leilani Munter, Jill George, Milka Duno, Jennifer Jo Cobb).

Rain washed out final practice.

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